Katherine Keith, Math major/Chinese minor, won a Rena Ratte Award and Fulbright award for 2015-16
April 29, 2015
Katherine (Katie) Keith, class of 2015, Math Major and Chinese Minor, won a Fulbright award to serve as an English Language Teaching Assistant in Taiwan during the 2015-16 academic year. Katie, a native of Bozeman, Montana, is a four-year varsity Cross-Country athlete, a member of the prestigious Pamplin Honor Society, and was elected a member of the Lewis & Clark College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter as a junior, an honor reserved for the top 2% of the class. She recently completed her Math Honors thesis, titled “Optimal Control Theory with Applications in Economics”. Katie also has a tremendous work-ethic, a strong desire to improve her campus and her world, and generosity with friends and classmates that inspires all who meet her. She will be a wonderful representative of Lewis & Clark College, the state of Montana, and the USA during her year in Taiwan.
In her own words
Learning Chinese (for the first time) at Lewis & Clark: Before the fall semester of my freshman year, I didn’t know a single word of Chinese. I learned more Chinese in one semester than the equivalent amount of French that I had studied for four years in high school.
Expanding worldview: Before coming to Lewis & Clark, I spent my whole life in the small town of Bozeman. After having spent four years studying Chinese at Lewis & Clark, I completed a language-intensive overseas study program in Beijing the spring of my junior year. Studying another language and living abroad has forced me to reexamine my own culture and has made me feel more connected to people with different backgrounds.
Founding the L&C chapter of Project Pengyou: My semester in Beijing was one of the most formative times of my life. I found out about the Project Pengyou network and instantly connected with their mission of empowering leaders to build bridges between the U.S. and China, currently one of the most critical bilateral relationships in the world.